Maple Bacon French Toast Cupcakes

Moist cinnamon-maple cupcakes, topped off with maple cream cheese frosting, bacon crumbles and a drizzle of pure maple syrup. Now you can have breakfast for dessert too!

Moist maple bacon French toast cupcakes with maple cream cheese frosting recipe from @bakedbyrachel

When I was visiting Julie over the weekend, we did two different cupcake tastings. It’s become a tradition to find sweet treats and sample them together. Not even just on our own excursions but with good friends. It’s a fun way to sample a variety of flavors without feeling super guilty. Plus, it’s fun to critique them and declare a winner or at least favorite. Though, sometimes there’s a tie and an obvious loser.

No cupcakes are created equal. Some are obviously more moister than others or packed with more amazing flavors and sometimes even surprises. Oh the surprise fillings always kill me… in a good way. You slice in and find something unexpected and totally delicious. Always a win!

Moist maple bacon French toast cupcakes with maple cream cheese frosting recipe from @bakedbyrachel

On one of our recent cupcake tastings, we got to try a French toast cupcake. So, this is inspired after that. It was one of my favorite flavors of the weekend and definitely had to be recreated.

A moist cinnamon-maple cupcake, topped off with smooth maple cream cheese frosting, salty bacon crumbles and for the finishing touch… a drizzle of pure maple syrup. It’s a cupcake not to miss and a fun way to enjoy breakfast even for dessert!

Even better, this recipe makes just 7 cupcakes. So, you won’t have a lot sitting around taunting you. And, it’s super easy to increase if you want to make more for a gathering!

Be sure to add these fun and flavorful maple bacon French toast cupcakes to your baking plans!

Moist maple bacon French toast cupcakes with maple cream cheese frosting recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Maple Bacon French Toast Cupcakes

Moist cinnamon-maple cupcakes, topped off with maple cream cheese frosting, bacon crumbles and a drizzle of pure maple syrup.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cupcake
Servings: 7 cupcakes



  • 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 1/4 C unsalted butter softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 C all purpose flour
  • 1/3 C milk


  • 4 oz cream cheese softened
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter softened
  • 1 Tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 2 C powdered sugar

Additional ingredients:

  • 2-3 slices bacon
  • pure maple syrup


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a cupcake tin with 7 liners.
  • In a large bowl or stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in egg, maple syrup and vanilla. Scrape bowl as needed. Add dry ingredients, mixing until combined. With mixer running on low, slowly drizzle in milk, mixing until all ingredients are incorporated well and no streaks remain.
  • Divide between prepared liners, using a large cookie scoop.
  • Bake for 20-22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  • Prepare bacon as desired. If baking, increase oven temperature to 400°F. Line a small baking pan with foil. Bake bacon for 12-15 minutes. Drain on paper towels and chop into small pieces.
  • In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat together cream cheese and butter, followed by maple syrup. Add 1/2 cup powdered sugar at a time to cream cheese mixer. Beat until smooth and piping consistency is reached. Transfer to a large piping bag, fit with a piping tip.
  • Frost cupcakes. Top off with bacon. When ready to serve, drizzle lightly with maple syrup.


An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

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53 Responses to “Maple Bacon French Toast Cupcakes”

  1. #
    Medeja — March 26, 2015 at 5:38 am

    They look incredible!

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      Rachel — March 26, 2015 at 7:15 pm

      Thanks Medeja!

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    Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg — March 26, 2015 at 6:20 am

    My friend owns an ice cream shop in Connecticut and he makes a waffle and maple bacon ice cream. Although I don’t eat bacon (I know, who doesn’t eat bacon?), these would be perfect for my boyfriend and his friends. I’d totally snack on a plain french toast cupcake though! :D

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      Rachel — March 26, 2015 at 7:15 pm

      That ice cream sounds incredible! Now I have to try it :)

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    Julie @ Table for Two — March 26, 2015 at 7:44 am

    Love everything about this post!! That cupcake was definitely really good. I spy something we bought in Clifton at the gift shop ;) perfect prop!

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      Rachel — March 26, 2015 at 7:15 pm

      Perfect prop! Now I wish I’d bought more lol ;)

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    danielle — March 26, 2015 at 10:18 am

    Oh my goodness – these sound crazy amazing!

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      Rachel — March 26, 2015 at 7:15 pm

      Thanks Danielle!

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    Annie @ Annie's Noms — March 26, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    These just look divine!! An already perfect breakfast turned into an even more perfect cupcake!!

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      Rachel — March 26, 2015 at 7:16 pm

      Thanks so much Annie!

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    Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel — March 26, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    FABULOUS! And the creativity is so noticeable with these. You’re amazing and such an artist!

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      Rachel — March 26, 2015 at 7:16 pm

      Thanks so much Kelsey! :)

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    Amanda | The Cinnamon Scrolls — March 27, 2015 at 2:31 am

    These look fantastic! I love french toast, bacon, and maple syrup, so combining all of those into a cupcake is a dream come true! I also really appreciate that this is a small batch recipe. With only the two of us, we find it hard to resist consuming the 12 or 24 batch recipes. You’re keeping our waistlines in check too! ;)

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      Rachel — March 27, 2015 at 7:29 am

      Thanks so much Amanda! And I completely agree, smaller batches are so much better! :)

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    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — March 27, 2015 at 11:11 am

    These cupcakes look crazy good! Several years ago I worked at a cupcake shop and we sold maple bacon cupcakes on Sundays. I always worked Sundays and it was so hard to resist them every weekend because they smelled and tasted so amazing. These look even BETTER and I can’t wait to try them!

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      Rachel — March 28, 2015 at 8:13 am

      Thanks Hayley! And what a fun job! I can understand why it was so hard to resist them! :)

  9. #
    Amanda — March 28, 2015 at 12:19 am

    I am dying! These cupcakes are so amazing!!!

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      Rachel — March 28, 2015 at 8:15 am

      Thanks Amanda!

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — March 29, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    Cupcake tasting sounds like the best way to spend the weekend! Esp with Julie! So glad you guys had fun, and these look positively fabulous!

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      Rachel — March 30, 2015 at 7:23 am

      It was so much fun. We need to plan a weekend when you can make it too! :)

  11. #
    nicole @ I am a Honey Bee — March 30, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    cupcakes tastings are the best!!!

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      Rachel — March 30, 2015 at 6:28 pm

      Agreed! :)

  12. #
    Julie | This Gal Cooks — April 13, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    Um YUM! My vote for best cupcakes ever! :)

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      Rachel — April 14, 2015 at 7:39 am

      Thanks Julie!

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    Thalia @ butter and brioche — April 13, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    Sweet and salty is my favourite kind of flavour combination, so I can imagine I would LOVE these maple bacon french toast cupcakes. They look perfect & delicious!

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      Rachel — April 14, 2015 at 7:39 am

      Thanks so much Thalia!

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    Kay Sugg — May 23, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    Just had a go at making these, and they turned out great! Thank you very much for the recipe.
    Being from UK I’ve had to check and convert the weights and measures and found that the icing was a little loose, so next time I will add more icing sugar (powdered sugar) to the mix, but overall the taste and finish is fantastic and I shall definitely be making these again.

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      Rachel — May 24, 2015 at 10:22 am

      So glad you enjoyed it, Kay! Thanks so much for sharing :)

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    Elise — August 10, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Looks delicious! I don’t think there is a better combination out there than maple and bacon. :) I’ve had maple bacon doughnuts, but never cupcakes, so I will be trying these soon!

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      Rachel — August 11, 2015 at 10:49 am

      Thanks Elise. I hope you enjoy them!

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    Liz — January 15, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    That drizzle of syrup just pushes these over the top! Brava!

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      Rachel — January 16, 2016 at 8:15 am

      Thanks Liz!

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    Michele {Delish Dishes from Michele} — February 16, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    I made these for my husband last night and OMG they were so good!!! I think he almost proposed to me again LOL! Thanks so much for the recipe! And the portion size is perfect for just us. We hate making cupcakes and eating on them for days. Too many calories lol.

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      Rachel — February 17, 2016 at 7:12 am

      Haha! So glad you both enjoyed them so much! Thanks so much for sharing, Michele. :)

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    Catia — June 13, 2016 at 11:24 am

    These sound incredible!

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      Rachel — June 14, 2016 at 8:42 am

      Thanks Catia!

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    Megan — July 11, 2016 at 9:38 am

    Can you freeze these, Rachel?

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      Rachel — July 12, 2016 at 6:53 am

      I haven’t personally tried. If you’re comfortable with freezing baked goods, it would be worth a shot. I wouldn’t recommend freezing with the frosting though. It would be best to frost fresh.

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    Kayla — January 15, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    I am dying to make these. I’m positive they will be the best thing ever but my husband is skeptical and I love proving him wrong! But I only like to use Swiss meringue buttercream. Will these be good with maple smbc?

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      Rachel — January 16, 2017 at 7:16 am

      I haven’t tried it, but imagine it would be just fine. Enjoy! :)

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    Sergio — November 2, 2017 at 10:43 am

    These were INCREDIBLE!

    I normally don’t comment on recipes, but I wanted to encourage everyone who is on the fence to make these!

    I made them exactly according the recipe (which I doubled), and they were so delicious!

    I baked for 22 minutes and they came out perfect. The frosting was divine, and the bacon brings it over the top. I dusted it with cinnamon as well as the maple drizzle, and they were gorgeous.

    5/5 stars, and absolutely adding to the keeper box. ONe friend tried a bite and said “add this to your list,” and another said (I kid you not) “I’ve never tasted anything so… good.”

    Thank you so much for sharing such a delicious recipe!

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      Rachel — November 3, 2017 at 7:00 am

      So glad you enjoyed them, Sergio! :)

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    Barbell Bunny — May 5, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    I made these today, and they are solid! I searched high and low for a maple-bacon cupcake recipe, and after lots of research and comparisons, I felt this was >the< one, and I was right! With a few minor adjustments, this recipe yields a tender cake (the cinnamon is very subtle, and I feel like the cake tastes like a pancake more than french toast, but I think that's a good thing!) and lightly flavored icing. Baking your bacon with brown sugar brings this all together!

    I don't find pure maple syrup to be very flavorful, so I added a teaspoon of maple extract to the batter for an extra punch along with a couple tablespoons of light-brown sugar. I also found the batter to be a little runny at the end, so I added a couple tablespoons of flour. My double batch yielded a nice baker's dozen, which was perfect! I made a few adjustments to the icing as well—I ended up doing a 1:1 ratio of cream cheese and butter and once again added maple extract to the syrup. I would have actually preferred the icing to be a little thicker, but my end result was by no means a disappointment.

    The cake-frosting combination is light and lovely, and it's nicely elevated with a generous garnish of candied bacon. I'll be Pinning this and making it for special occasions to come! 🐗💕

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      Rachel — May 6, 2018 at 9:18 am

      So glad you enjoyed them! :)

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    Kendra — October 14, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    Made these for a Women’s College Lacrosse tailgate in New England. They were a huge hit! Topped the cream cheese frosting with Niman Ranch Maple Bacon and Massachusetts Maple Syrup. Superb! Thank you!

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      Rachel — October 17, 2018 at 6:57 am

      So glad everyone enjoyed them!

  24. #
    Jessica — November 28, 2018 at 8:26 pm

    Hello! I was curious when the milk gets added in?

  25. #
    Jessica — November 28, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    Never mind! I am so sorry, I’m not wearing my glasses and missed the milk part, please dismiss my last question.

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      Rachel — December 1, 2018 at 10:44 am

      Haha no worries. Enjoy! :)

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    Tina Thompson — April 10, 2020 at 2:16 pm

    I need to make 30+ cupcakes. Do you have a recipe with a larger quantity?

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      Rachel — April 11, 2020 at 8:09 am

      Increase the recipe until you have what you need.

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    Kristen — February 23, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    I’ve made this recipe several times, and LOVE IT!

    Have you tried turning it into a cake? What conversions would you recommend?

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      Rachel — March 1, 2023 at 1:57 pm

      So glad you enjoyed them! I have not made it into a cake. If you were to try doing that, I’d recommend an 8-inch pan. You’ll need to watch it closely and adjust the time as needed.

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